TV meteorologist Julie Durda’s alarm clock rings at 2:15 a.m. again these days.
“It’s a killer,” she said, “but that’s the lifestyle I’ve chosen. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Durda, 33, returned to television this week. She materialized Monday morning on WPLG-Channel 10 after weeks of billboard hype.
A longtime WSVN-Channel 7 morning forecaster, Durda jumped ship to the ABC affiliate last year.
She had to wait out a no-compete clause that did not allow her to return in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale television market for six months.
What did she do for half a year?
“I learned to cook,” she said. “I attended cooking classes at the Publix in Plantation once a week.”
And then, she and her new husband, TV advertising sales exec David Radliff, traveled on several “honeymoons” in the Dominican Republic, New York and Las Vegas.
While her split from the Fox affiliate created some bad blood — she ended up leaving two months before her contract was up — Durda said she has stayed friends with her former colleagues.
So, why WPLG?
The opportunity to work with hurricane superstar Max Mayfield swayed her to make the jump.
“It’s great to be able to work with an experienced staff, people who know what they’re doing,” she said. “One of the main attractions for me was Max.”
Durda says she will also report some nonweather feature stories, including some on the Miami Heat during the NBA playoffs.
“But first, I need to gain my new viewers’ trust,” she said.
A 27-year-old Miami woman who thought she had found love with a fledgling rapper is now in bankruptcy court after she let him use her sterling credit to buy not just one, but two Bentleys.
“It’s Dorothy in South Beach,” said her attorney, Timothy Kingcade. “This is the story of a nice Midwestern girl who moves to this area, meets a rapper in South Beach, and gets taken for a ride.”
According to Kingcade’s bankruptcy filing to compel rapper Joel Mark’que to return the cars, Michigan native Inna Epstein signed for two loans totaling $158,000 in July. The money went to the purchases of two used Bentleys for him.
Thing is, Mark’que and Epstein broke up days later — and Epstein can’t cover the loans.
According to the court papers, the rapper is using the cars in his music videos, for songs like Duffle Bag & Already Rich and Hottest in Da Hood. He even rented them out to fellow rappers in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“All he has to do is turn over the cars and her problems go away,” Kingcade said. “But we can’t find him.” Mark’que could not be reached for comment.
Three-time Sony Open finalist Jennifer Capriati has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking and battery and asked for a jury trial, according to court papers in West Palm Beach.
Capriati, 36, is facing up to a year in prison on each charge for a Valentine’s Day dustup with her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
Capriati’s attorney, Miami’s Michael Grieco, had no comment.